We are netLabs!UG, We Research Create Build Develop Solutions

netLabs!UG is a research Centre of Excellence (CoE) in telecommunications and networking technologies who had its origins in the Community Wireless Resource Centre (CWRC), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) at Makerere University. Based in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CEDAT, Makerere Univeristy, netLabs!UG is an alternative Research and Development (R&D) model which will strive to achieve a balanced critical mass of basic research, applied research and commercialisation.

Our Mission

“To be a regional Centre of Excellence (CoE) in the area of telecommunications and networking technologies, ensuring an independent source of advice for government policy as well as an independent source of research, development and solutions support to telecommunication companies and enterprises in Uganda and the region”.

Our Vision

“To be a regional leader in collaborative research, development and solutions on innovative telecommunication and networking technologies, strengthening the Ugandan and regional technological economy.”


Who We Are

Research Centre of Excellence (CoE) in telecommunications and networking technologies

As the world of technology enters the next transformative stage with the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a new Internet based on elastic network to complement the elastic compute that already exists, it is essential that Uganda maintains an R&D centre that supports academic development and assists commercial interests.

Innovation is core to the research activities of netLabs!UG and as the CoE, this is key in our research process. Research funding programmes should emphasise innovation as well as research and as such netLabs!UG is happy to support this two strand approach to put Uganda and East Africa at the centre of development and innovation in this very important sector. Commercialisation of these innovations as well as commercial research support of local telecommunications and networking business that enhance their solutions, drive efficiencies and ultimately benefit the local economy is an essential output of netLabs!UG.

Meet Our Team

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

netLabs!UG strives to develop a staff profile mixing traditional postdoctoral researchers, graduate research assistants and undergraduate students with engineers and technologists with good design and development experience from industry to create a balanced team able to perform professionally on funded projects.